Covid-19: WA Premier Mark McGowan says there’s an Australia outside of Sydney

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The West Australian Premier said there’s an Australia outside of Sydney before accusing the Prime Minister of favouring the eastern states.

Mark McGowan has accused the Prime Minister of abandoning the national plan to reopen when it suits NSW, again complaining of preferential treatment for Sydney.

The Western Australia Premier said the plan agreed on at national cabinet was ditched with Scott Morrison supporting NSW’s intention to open lift its lockdown and open borders at 70 per cent vaccine coverage.

“I note the Prime Minister endorsed it so I look forward to him being flexible about what we do,” he told reporters.

“The Commonwealth Government has put out an ad about how once lockdown finishes everybody will be partying and having barbecues and going on family picnics — we‘re already doing that.

“I don’t think they realise there’s an Australia outside of Sydney and we’re not in lockdown.

“We’re all having a good time and having family barbecues and going to the pub and some of you are going to the club and all that sort of thing.

“We just want to keep that way for as long we can until we’re vaccinated and then we’ll open our borders to NSW and Victoria when it’s safe to do so.”

Mr McGowan said the push from the eastern states to open borders was a self-centred view that risks localised outbreaks spreading to other parts of the country.

“I realise there’s this headlong rush in Sydney and Melbourne about these things but that’s because Sydney and Melbourne are in lockdown,” he said.

Western Australia will ramp up its vaccination strategy with a plan to provide jabs to all year 11 and 12 students in the coming weeks before the school year is completed, while Pfizer will be available for those aged 12 to 15 from Monday.

“It’s a bit of a race against time to get our year 11 and 12 students vaccinated while we still have some control,” Mr McGowan said as he also urged parents to get their younger children protected.

“I’d urge parents to make a time for that group of young people,” he said.

“I certainly will with my children.”

The PM has been contacted for comment.

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